Surreal Glowing Heron Photo – Ormond Beach Florida

by Mike on January 14, 2010

Photo of the Day – Heron Glowing in the Sun

Glowing in the sunlight, this heron could be an apparition, it’s not. Shot on a bright clear cold day, the bird glows against the background.

We came out of the house yesterday to drive to my eye surgery. As I was getting in the car, this heron flew by and landed in the cul-de-sac island. I was in a hurry so I pulled the Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 from my pocket, put it on auto exposure and pressed the shutter.

Heron Glowing in the Sunlight

Heron Glowing in the Sunlight

When I opened the photo in Adobe Bridge I had no idea what I would see. I thought it was a dud until I saw how the bird is glowing. It’s a bit surreal like the bird could be there or not. Well, he/she is, and this photo is straight from the camera.

The auto setting on the camera obviously adjusted the exposure for the average of the light, so the heron is over-exposed. That how we got the glow. If I were manually setting up for this shot to expose the bird, I would have started at about 1/500 second shutter speed and a aperture of f/16. The auto setting of the camera was 1/100 sec. and f/5.1. This “mistake” definitely has me thinking about shots in the future. When I have a white subject like the heron, I’m going to try to spot meter on a darker area in the photo to see if I can get a similar glow.

Camera Information: Olympus Stylus Tough 6000, 1/100 sec., f/5.1, ISO 100, 18.2mm.

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